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Sheriff succession law is obsolete

Many in Liberty County were surprised last week when Liberty County Probate Court Judge Nancy Aspinwall appointed Polly Martin to succeed her late husband, J. Don Martin, as sheriff of Liberty County. The public outcry generally questioned whether Martin's wife was the most qualified person to manage and lead Liberty County's law enforcement.

June 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hey, Mexico, we didn't ask you about our laws

Would somebody tell that guy that runs Mexico to buy a map?

June 07, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Health-care reform will get old for retirees

There are 78 million baby boomers and a very large number of them have retirement on their minds. If the past is a guide, more than 80 percent of them will retire before they become eligible for Medicare (at age 65). Although about one-third of U.S. workers have a promise of post-retirement health care from an employer, almost none of these promises are funded and, as is the case of the automobile companies, are likely to be broken in whole or in part.

June 02, 2010 | By Dr. John C. Goodman | Opinion


Report: Most Georgia children miss summer learning programs

When schools close for the summer, safe and enriching learning environments are out of reach and replaced by boredom, lost opportunities and risk for too many children. New analysis of data from the America After 3PM study measures the extent of this problem, concluding that just 21 percent of Georgia's schoolchildren (an estimated 350,878 kids) participate in summer learning programs – safe, structured programs that provide a variety of activities designed to encourage learning and development in the summer months.

June 01, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Liberty loses trusted sheriff

Former Hinesville City Councilman Alonzo Walden once said he decided who got his vote for sheriff based on trust.

May 31, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Advocates prove arts are good for business

Up until the final days of the 2010 legislative session, Georgia was about to become the only state in the union without an arts council. The Georgia House had dropped all funding for the arts and it wasn't until the State Senate, under the leadership of Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill (R-Reidsville), stepped in and restored $860,000 for the Georgia Council for the Arts. That money will allow the state agency to qualify for federal and state matching arts grants.

May 31, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It hurts too much to county the days

While I was in Iowa for my most recent visit, people said things like, "He's been gone quite a while. He'll be back anytime now, right?" or "Your husband should be getting home soon, isn't he?"

May 31, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


New way to be heard

At town hall meetings, events in my district and even trips to the grocery store, it's clear that main street America is frustrated with an out of touch Washington. The people who come up to me aren't angry as much as they are worried about the future of our country.

May 26, 2010 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


New laws will make driving in Georgia safer

Sign seen outside local church:

May 26, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hinesight covers gulf oil disaster

May 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Our 'clean water' legacy

This past week a number of residents from Bryan County and Richmond Hill attended a workshop sponsored by three organizations dedicated to the preservation of our state's natural environment and specifically the preservation of our state waters.

May 24, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Georgia is home to education wasteland

Kathy Cox has resigned as state school superintendent to take a new job in Washington. I have no way of knowing who will win the post this fall, but I do know that what public education lacks more than dollars is a strong and effective advocate. No one - not Cox, not the State Board of Education, not the Georgia School Board Association, not the Georgia Association of Educators and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, not the Georgia School Superintendents Association, not the charter school groups, not the city and county school boards, not the governor, not the General Assembly ...

May 24, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Memorial Day 2010

I know everyone has seen the VFW or American Legion Auxiliary ladies selling the Memorial Day poppies at various locations.

May 20, 2010 | By B.J. Clark Guest columnist | Opinion


Project Lifesaver program

In light of the recent tragedy with local Alzheimer's patient Elvin Mosley, the Bryan County Project Lifesaver Program is now in the forefront. The program is a rapid response public safety program that helps protect and locate persons who are prone to wander. Designed to track and rescue those with cognitive conditions who tend to wander, this service answers a critical need for protecting people at risk of wandering, including those with Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other disorders.

May 20, 2010 | By Wendy Sims Guest columnist | Opinion


Society's continuing breakdown of family

How often does the Office of Policy Planning and Research, United States Department of Labor produce anything worth reading, let alone a report that reverberates 45 years later?

May 19, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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Writer: council lacks civic pride

Editor:

August 26, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


A lesson for voters: Payback is at the ballot box

It's generally considered impolite to take pleasure in other people's misfortunes, but sometimes you have to make an exception.

August 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Sea turtles, the Olympics and Vince Dooley

Lawyers, like kids, can say the darnedest things. That was proven during a recent hearing in Atlanta regarding an appeal by environmental groups of a ...

August 25, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Taking road trip to New York, Connecticut

When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.

August 23, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump not a complete buffoon

Editor, Delet -Merge UpYes. Donald Trump is a horrendous human being and is unfit to be President. But, Trump is NOT a complete buffoon. Proof ...

August 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't leave pets in hot cars

When I was given the opportunity to write a piece for the City of Hinesville about something I am passionate about, I was drawn to ...

August 22, 2016 | By Jaci Tompkins Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump won's solve U.S. problems

Editor, All those people who voted for Donald Trump must figure if he gets elected as our president he will pay off the national debt ...

August 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


New ad campaign: 'Be recycled'

When you walk by your kitchen garbage can, do you ever hear a tiny voice, crying "Help me! I want to be recycled!"

August 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Phone call to mayor sets up big debate

Now that Sarah Hyden-Smith and Iris Long had carved out a platform for Juliet's last-minute mayoral campaign, it was time to talk strategy.

August 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


State races may be competitive for once

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Dear public school teachers, hang in there

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Writer: Dems the root of all evil

Editor,

August 18, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


A woman who made Georgia a better place

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...

August 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Johnson: Policing is the No. 1 issue

Recently, I was privileged to lead a forum on race relations and policing at the River Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Columbus with ...

August 17, 2016 | Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson President Ga. NAACP | Opinion


When things go beep in the night

It was about 1 a.m. when our alarm system woke me up with the beeping sound that it makes when one of the exterior ...

August 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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